Big Bus London hop-on hop-off open top tours

Exclusive discount on this site for multiple day trips on open top double deck London sightseeing bus


Big Bus London Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Hop-on hop-off: use Big Bus London to see London's major sights

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Big Bus London hop-on hop-off

The Big Bus London hop-on hop-off service provides discounted open top sightseeing tours on two main routes which take in the best sights in the capital including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge.

You can choose from a 1, 2 or 3 calendar day London Big Bus ticket, where you can hop-on and hop-off the sightseeing buses to your heart's content. These are essentially the three ticket types: Classic, Premium and Deluxe.


All Big Bus London routes are included in one ticket and you can get 10 per cent off using our discount code.

 

Big Bus London's sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses run on various routes around the capital from about 8.30am to 5pm at frequent intervals. There's even a one off Christmas Day Bus Tour to take in the magic of London's Christmas lights on a special trip through Oxford Street.

 

You may start your discounted Big Bus tour at any time and from any of the designated bus stops en route.

 

Like its rival, The Original Tour, Big Bus London offers two main sightseeing routes covering all the main sights in Central London as well as a shuttle service to King's Cross and St Pancras stations.


A free cruise on the River Thames and a daily guided walk are included with the Big Bus ticket. You will also receive a rewards booklet offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions.

 

Note that if you have a London Pass you can choose between a Golden Tours or Big Bus one calendar day bus tour included in the price.

 

Exclusive discount code - 10% off all tickets!

Big Bus London Tour Exclusive 10% discount code

Key points of Big Bus Tour in London

- Tickets valid for 1, 2 or 3 calendar days

- Hop-on and hop-off service to London attractions

- Classic, Premium and Deluxe tickets

- FREE Thames River Cruise

- FREE Wi-Fi on buses

- Daily Walking Tour

- English live guides + audio guides (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian)

- Exclusive Big Bus app downloadable on Apple or Android. Lots more information about London's landmarks, shopping and dining. Mapping to help you navigate to the nearest bus stop.

- Summer night tours available between 7.30 - 8.30 pm - see the city at dusk!

 

Big Bus London Tour Tickets

Classic ticket (one day)

Ride the open top double decker bus for one day, hopping on and off at over 50 stops on three different routes close to famous landmarks and attractions. You can hop off the bus to explore as often as you wish, and rejoin the tour.

 

Enjoy a daily free walking tour and a river cruise for a one-way journey from Westminster to Tower of London or reverse. This ticket includes:


- Hop-on hop-off for one day (within the validity of your ticket) on any Big Bus Tours’ route in London

- Single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (either direction)

- Daily walking tour during validity of ticket.

 

Premium ticket (two day)

Two-day ticket. Same as classic ticket but you can use the first day to experience a panoramic tour around the city and your second to revisit your favourites. Enjoy a daily free walking tour and return river cruise this time. Ticket includes:


- Hop-on hop-off for two days (within the validity of your ticket) on any Big Bus Tours’ route in London

- Return river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich via the Tower of London (either direction)

- Daily walking tour during validity of ticket

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

 

Deluxe ticket (three day)

Three-day ticket. Same as Premium ticket but you can use your first day to experience a panoramic tour around the city and your second and third to revisit your favourites. Enjoy a daily free walking tour and return river cruise. This ticket includes:


- Hop-on hop-off for three days (within the validity of your ticket) on any Big Bus Tours’ route in London

- Return river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich via the Tower of London (either direction)

- Daily walking tour during validity of ticket

 

Big Bus Tours routes

Big Bus London offers one main route (the Red Tour), a Green Link shuttle that allows you to get to the British Museum and Bloomsbury hotel area, a Blue Tour that covers sights and hotel districts in the Kensington area, and an Orange Tour that covers some of London's best loved attractions from Baker Street in the north, to the London Eye in the south.


Red Tour route

This is the core sightseeing tour visiting all the main sights of Central London.

 

Tour highlights: Buckingham Palace – Big Ben & Houses of Parliament – Westminster Abbey – The London Eye – St Paul’s Cathedral - Tower of London – Covent Garden – Trafalgar Square – Piccadilly Circus – Marble Arch


All buses on the Red Tour route are led by experienced guides who will talk you through the history of the city, giving you a personal and entertaining commentary about London and its highlights. There is also a prerecorded commentary, available in 12 languages.

 

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 10-20 minutes depending on season. Tours begin at 8am at Green Park Underground, next to the Ritz. The last buses departing at 6pm during summer and 4.30pm in the winter.


Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes to do one complete tour. 

 

Blue Tour route

The Blue Tour route covers the west of London from the museum quarter south of Hyde Park to the leafy streets of Kensington and Bayswater.

 

Tour highlights: Marble Arch – Mayfair – Hyde Park Corner – Harrods – South Kensington Museums – Kensington Palace – Notting Hill – Paddington - Madame Tussauds – Oxford Street.

 

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 10-15 minutes depending on season. Tours begin at 8.27 am from Marble Arch, Speaker's Corner. The last buses departing at 6pm during summer and 4.30pm in the winter.

 

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes to do one complete tour.

 

Prerecorded commentary, available in 12 languages.


Green Link

This service interconnects with the main Red Route service and provides access to the hotel districts and sights to the north of the centre around Bloomsbury and Kings Cross St Pancras is not covered by the Blue and Red routes.


Sights include the British Museum and the British Library as well as providing access to Bloomsbury, Euston and King's Cross St Pancras hotel districts. Prerecorded commentary, available in 12 languages.


Tour highlights: British Museum – Kings Cross & St. Pancras Stations – Covent Garden – Temple

 

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 20 minutes depending on season beginning about 8.20am from Woburn, opposite Russell Court. The last bus is at 7pm.

 

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes to do one complete tour.

 

Prerecorded commentary, available in 12 languages.

 

Orange Route - Magical Merlink

The Orange route covers the main central section of the very heart of London, mainly north of the river, but also covering Waterloo and the London Eye to the south.

 

The route runs both ways (45 minutes each way) so you can hop-back on at Westminster Bridge.

 

Tour highlights: Madame Tussauds – Regent Street – Waterloo – London Eye – Sea Life London Aquarium – Shrek’s Adventure – The London Dungeon - Whitehall – 10 Downing Street – Piccadilly Circus – Green Park – Marble Arch

 

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 15-20 minutes depending on season. Tours start at 8.50am from Marylebone Street. The last bus is at 6.30pm.

 

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes to do one complete tour.

 

Prerecorded commentary, available in 12 languages.

 

Panoramic night tour (May to September only)

Running daily in the summer months between 7.30 and 8.30pm from three stops; the London Eye, Victoria Station and Marble Arch - see London by dusk! Audio commentary in 12 different languages will bring this magical journey to life.

 

Tour highlights: Buckingham Palace – Big Ben & Houses of Parliament – Westminster Abbey – The London Eye - Lambeth Palace - St Paul’s Cathedral - Tower of London – Covent Garden – Trafalgar Square – Piccadilly Circus – Marble Arch hour highlights’s Cathedral - Tower of London – Covent Garden – Trafalgar Square – Piccadilly Circus – Marble Arch

 

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tours operate daily at 19:30, 20:00 and 20:30 (between May and September only)


SPECIAL OFFER:

From 1st May – 30th September 2018 all customers who purchase a Premium or Deluxe ticket can enjoy a panoramic night tour on one of the days of their ticket’s validity free of charge.

 

Free river cruise with City Cruises

Enjoy a complimentary river cruise included in your Big Bus London ticket.

 

City Cruises offers customers of Big Bus London a free cruise on the River Thames.


The cruise includes live commentary and enables you to see London and its attractions from a different perspective. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern art gallery are some highlights that line the riverside. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye) and Tower of London.


The River Cruise between Westminster Pier (Big Ben) and the Tower of London departure times vary, but are about every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter.

 

With 2 and 3 day tickets the River Cruise is extended further along the Thames to Greenwich.


With the 1 day Big Bus ticket, you can travel one way along the Thames from Westminster Pier to the Tower of London, or vice versa. With the 2 or 3 day Big Bus tour ticket, you can enjoy return travel to Greenwich, where you can explore the National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Royal Observatory.


City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Daily walking tour

Your Big Bus London Sightseeing Tour includes a daily walking tour. The walks are led by a friendly Big Bus guide.

 

Walk in the footsteps of the British Royal Family and the politicians of today and yesteryear as you journey past many of London’s most exciting Royal and political addresses.

 

Wind from Trafalgar Square among the smart addresses of Carlton Gardens before arriving at the majesty of the Mall and St James’s Park, ending under the archway of Horseguard’s Parade to Whitehall.

 

Imagine the crowds lining the streets for Royal weddings and the political intrigue hidden from view on Whitehall; your guide will give you a fascinating glimpse into both the history and modern day of British royalty and politics.

 

The tour is guided in English and departs at 10.30am every day from Trafalgar Square (stop 6 – red and blue routes) and will last approximately 1.5 hours. You will have the opportunity to see the spectacle of the Changing of the Guards on the days when it takes place.

 

Big Bus London online ticket discounts


Big Bus London Tour Tickets



Golden Tours and Big Bus included in the London Pass

London Pass Sightseeing Information

The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main sightseeing attractions. You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 day durations.


The London Pass gives you entry into more than 60 London tourist attractions and a river cruise on the River Thames.

 

The London Pass also now includes use of either Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus for one calendar day, whatever the duration of the London Pass.


Key points of the London Pass HoHo bus offer

  • You can choose to ride on the Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for one calendar day. Original London Tour is not covered.

  • The HoHo bus offer is for one calendar day not for 24 hours.

  • Most people use the HoHo facility on the first day of their London Pass, but there is nothing stopping using it on another day when the London Pass is valid.

  • The HoHo bus offer with London Pass doesn't include the walking tours and river cruises included in the standard tickets issued by the HoHo companies concerned, only the bus tour.

  • You show your London Pass to the driver or tour guide of the first bus you board. They will scan your London Pass and issue you with a separate ticket for the bus company concerned valid for the rest of the day. You cannot switch to the other bus company once you have made your first journey.

London Pass more details


London's main open top hop on, hop off sightseeing tours (Discounted online advance purchase)

Tour

Online advance ticket price adult (child)

1 day‡
Bus only

24 hrs
or 1 day

48 hrs
or 2 days

72 hrs
or 3 days

Original Tour

£25.00
(£12.50)

£29.00*
(£13.50)

£38.00*
(£18.00)

£48.00*
(£22.50)

Big Bus

n/a

£33.30†
(£17.10)

£39.60†
(£19.80)

£45.00†
(£22.50)

Golden Tours

£28.00
(£14.00)

£32.00*
(£16.00)

£37.00*
(£18.00)

£45.00*
(£24.00)

†Calendar days ticket      *24/48/72 hours ticket

‡Valid for one calendar day expiring at the end of the day irrespective of start time, river cruise/walking tours not included


CURRENT PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY

Big Bus - 10% discount code available for 1, 2 and 3 day tickets at our Big Bus London dedicated page.

Save money combining leading London attractions & hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses

The Original Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service. The hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

 

But most visitors to London will have their own "must-see" list of attractions. So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must-see" attractions as a package? You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

 

Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace and Tower of London are all available.


Original London Tour & Attraction Packages